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Under 500 Words On… Under 500 Words

In a bid to motivate myself to write here a bit more frequently, and hopefully in a way that is going to avoid getting stuck for ideas (or even worse, proper writer’s block), I present to you a new occasional series: Under 500 Words On… Now the idea here isn’t that...

Letter writing in the past, present, and future

A letter to the future me from the past me read by the present me Something that at first seemed slightly weird happened to me recently: I received a letter, with the address written on the envelope in my hand writing. On opening the letter, I found myself reading a...

Plan Bs

One of the things I often hear about in the English language teaching world concerns that dreaded ogre, observations. I know there are examples of good practice here, where observations are part of a holistic cycle that really helps teachers develop, focusing on what...

ELTons Awards Ceremony Review 2014

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the British Council ELTons awards ceremony. This is the annual evening that has recognised innovation in English Language Teaching (the capitalised ELT in the event’s name), now having run since 2002. I’ve never been...

Last day

I started writing this blog post sitting on the bus this morning, making my way to work for my last day in my current role as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher. I’ve been doing this job for almost 6 years, and if you count my time as a...